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With mountains rising up 3,000 feet on either side of Pelican, this beautiful little fishing village is known locally as being “closest to the fish.” Located on the northwest coast of Chichagof Island, 90 miles north of Sitka and 100 miles west of Juneau in Alaska’s Inside Passage region, the town began as a salmon cannery town in the 1930s. Today, Pelican has become a premier sport fishing and kayaking destination without losing its frontier charm.

With mountains rising up 3,000 feet on either side of Pelican, this beautiful little fishing village is known locally as being “closest to the fish.” Located on the northwest coast of Chichagof Island, 90 miles north of Sitka and 100 miles west of Juneau in Alaska’s Inside Passage region, the town began as a salmon cannery town in the 1930s. Today, Pelican has become a premier sport fishing and kayaking destination without losing its frontier charm.

What to See and Do

Pelican, population 90, is a small fishing village the Lisianski Inlet, on the edge of the Gulf of Alaska. Built in the 1930s as a cold storage site for fisherman, the quaint town is known for its sport fishing community and access to wildlife photography. You can charter a boat for fishing or go kayaking at the nearby White Sulfur Hot Springs.

Eating and Drinking

People in Pelican can enjoy a 1-mile long boardwalk, a general store, library (open three hours a day), or take in a meal or cup of coffee at one of two local restaurants. Pelican also boasts a city hall, health center, church, liquor store, and fire department.

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Where to Live

For a small fishing town, Pelican offers an array of accommodations, including city-owned bunkhouses, apartment rentals, and nearby U.S. Forest Service cabins. Median home value is $191,300.

How to Get Around

You can reach Pelican on a quick one-hour flight from Juneau. Alaska Seaplanes offers three flights daily in the summer and 1-2 flights daily in winter.

Water: 

Pelican is on the Alaska Marine Highway System, with the ferry stopping here once a month year round.